In 1957, they changed the name to Bob & Rich and the Harmony Kings Orch., made some connections and started to travel. The first 'on-the-road' job was in Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, NY. From then on, the road trips started coming.
The band recorded two albums, one in 1960 and the next in 1963.
In 1967, Rich took over the band, on his own, and recorded "Kiss Me, I'm Polish", which became a nation-wide hit.
Three years later, the band recorded "Down By The Water," which also became a 'hit' album. Many years of hard work, but, at last it was finally beginning to bear fruit.
April 2, 1976, brought the release of the "Premier of Polkas" album on Data Records, which with the new styling of the Bobinski Orch., with the addition of the violin, was accepted by polka fans everywhere.
The band has triumphantly performed throughout CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, Maryland, RI, and MA.
The United States Polka Assoc. voted the Bobinski orchestra the #1 band, in the country, in 1976 and 1977, along with their song entitled "Hoe-Down Hank" polka, the #1 song of 1976.
Also in 1976, Rich was invited to join WIOF radio, in Waterbury, CT with his "Polka Hoe-Down Show" on Sundays from 6 to 8 pm. And, in 1978, the band performed in Poland on a 15-day tour.
The band went out of business in 1979, when Rich went into the liquor store business and re-grouped in 1993 and started performing again.
October 1995, brought the release of "Playing With My Band" on CD and cassette, which to this day is putting the band back among the best in the business. A new recording has just been released, March 1998, entitled "Thanks For Being My Friend s"
This year, you can catch a performance of the RBO at many major Polka Festival throughout the east coast, at concerts, dances and the various Catskill resorts.
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